The government will not approach the US on behalf of the Ofer brothers, a senior government official told Israel Radio on Monday. The official said that Israel cannot approach the US government because Jerusalem has been the strongest voice calling for sanctions against Iran, which the Ofer brothers are accused of doing business with.
Chairman of the Knesset Finance Committee Carmel Shama Hacohen added that, it's not permissible that on the one hand, the Ofer brothers contribute to the welfare of the State of Israel, and on the other hand, cause damage to it. Shama added that there's no chance that the government can remain uninvolved in the affair. The Knesset Economic Committee was scheduled to discuss the affair on Tuesday.